A Watson binocular polarizing microscope, number 40854, circa 1920

A Watson binocular polarizing microscope, number 40854, circa 1920




Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Microscopy


A very good example of a rare polarizing binocular microcope signed “W. Watson & Sons, Ltd / 313 High Holborn / London / 40854”, circa 1920s’.

The microscope is in fine condition, complete and well preserved in its original travelling wooden box.

The microscope have its two original eyepieces for the “High Power Binocular” and three objectives (one unsigned, one Koristka and one Beck).

The microscope have some polarizing accessories : three objective analyzers and one sub-stage polarizer. There is also an objective’s diaphragme accessory and different diaphragms in brass cases.


The condition is very good excepted a crack at one analyzer.

The box measures 42x26x21 cm and this is a very heavy microscope.

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FR Le Zograscope

Established by Alexandre Piffault in 2014 and based in Paris at 5 rue de Condé, 75006, very close to Odéon, Le Zograscope specializes in antique and rare books in Science, Medicine and Technology, and rare antique instruments in the same fields. We have especially a strong interest in early and continental microscopy, early and special mathematical/drawing instruments, medical and surgical instrument, and rare technology.

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